1 Oct 2014

Air NZ eyeing Latin America routes

8:36 am on 1 October 2014

Air New Zealand says there is huge opportunity to pick up on the demand for travel in the Asia-Pacific region and it has got an eye on Latin America in the medium term.

The airline's stock fell 3 cents to $1.94 following its annual meeting, despite chief executive Christopher Luxon saying the company is experiencing strong growth across the board.

Mr Luxon said the number of visitors from the United States to New Zealand has risen by 13 percent, and credited this partially to the release of the Hobbit films.

He said a new partnership with Singapore Airlines has allowed for penetration into southeast Asia, Indonesia and India, contributing to strong growth.

Mr Luxon said the outlook is positive for the national carrier.

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